Man dead after deputy-involved shooting in Anderson Co. ID’d by coroner

Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office at scene of deputy-involved shooting near Belton, August 14, 2019

Anderson Co. Sheriff’s Office at scene of deputy-involved shooting near Belton, August 14, 2019 (WSPA Photo)

BELTON, S.C. (WSPA) – Anderson County Coroner’s Office officials identified a man who was shot and killed in a deputy-involved shooting Wednesday night.

The shooting happened around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of Simpson Road near Belton.

Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride said deputies were serving a warrant for assault against a man who had made threats against another person and was armed with a butcher knife earlier in the day.

McBride said the suspect barricaded himself inside his residence.

Coroner Greg Shore identified the man as Thomas Michael Reynolds, 37, of Belton.

Shore said Reynolds was shot by deputies after he came out of the home with a rifle and engaged with deputies.

According to the release, Reynolds sustained three gunshot wounds, which resulted in his death.

“Apparently he had some violent tendencies. In fact, he was just arrested last week for attacking a family member with a hammer. He had some violent stuff and was at a point where he was spiraling out of control basically,” McBride said.

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday.

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